lynzey chapman

Mother of four Lynzey Chapman, 39 from Briar Hill accessed the Advanced Learner Loan while studying the Access to Health Professions course at Northampton College.

Lynzey said: “For me the Advanced Learner Loan was essential as I wouldn’t have been able to begin my healthcare training and go on to study to become a midwife, which is what I am doing now at The University of Northampton. I found out about the loan through the College when I applied for the Access course and used it to pay for the college course itself, study materials, stationery and even childcare costs. I would have struggled to pay for these things without that financial help.

“I am now in my second year at university and I use the skills I learnt at college on a daily basis, like medical maths, social science, human biology and important study skills. I used to work as an office manager which I enjoyed but I had always wanted to be a midwife and kept putting off the training due to family commitments. After my fourth child was born I took the leap to retrain and I haven’t looked back. Without the Advanced Learner Loan that wouldn’t have been able to happen. I can’t wait to begin my midwifery career when all my training is complete.”

briony colbert

Briony Colbert, 26 from Far Cotton had not considered HR as a vocation when she left school and instead began her working career in finance at a high street bank.

“One day I just realised that banking just wasn’t for me anymore and decided to take a totally different route into HR,” she said. “I had to retrain and chose the Level 3 CIPD in Human Resources Practice at Northampton College as I had heard such good things about it through one of my friends who said it would be great for me. She was right.”

Briony studied at the College’s Lower Mounts site and was able to finance her course and career change through the Advanced Learner Loan.

The loan helped me out so much – I couldn't have afforded it otherwise. It was an easy process and the College’s Enrolment Centre helped me apply for it.

“Lower Mounts was a great site to be based at and I didn't feel out of place. I loved the course and the fact there were so many different units covered like HR information and employment relations. During the last months of the course I gained employment as a HR Assistant within local government where I get to put everything I learned at college into practice.”

Thriving on the variety of her job, Briony has not looked back. “I love that every day is different in HR – one day I am helping out with casework and the next I am making offers of employment. Hopefully within the next five years I will have completed my Level 5 CIPD in Human Resources Management and will be a HR Adviser.

“I would recommend Northampton College to anyone. I got excellent support which has helped me progress into the career I wanted.”

declan moenResponding well to the challenge of having to motivate himself to work hard was the secret to 18-year-old Declan Moen’s A Level success at Northampton College.

Having come from Duston School to study Sociology, Geography and English, Declan was faced with a very different learning environment and the more laid back style has brought out the best in him.

He achieved excellent grades of ABB and has an offer to study Geography at the University of Manchester.

He said: “I really enjoyed College, it seemed to suit me really well and I responded to the challenge. I liked the people, both the students and the staff, and everyone got on well, helping each other.

“Smaller class sizes also helped, meaning we got more one-to-one attention. My results were a real surprise, I wasn’t expecting to get an A, that’s fantastic!”
michelle blackwellMichelle Blackwell is heading to London to follow a Higher Apprenticeship with a leading law firm having achieved two A* grades in her A Levels at Northampton College.

She will be swapping the classroom for the workplace, learning in a ‘real-world’ environment to give herself more experience of how the ultra-competitive industry works.

The 18-year-old from Northampton said: “I really enjoyed the independence you get at college and the facilities were superb, particularly the library. I loved college life and was involved in the Students’ Union which I found really rewarding. I’m now looking forward to starting my career in law.”
tom harbottleStraight As in English language and literature have helped set Christopher Griffin on the path to study criminology and social policy at Nottingham University.

The impressive AS Level grades, boosted by a C in History, have given the 17-year-old the confidence to complete his studies at Northampton College next year before hopefully heading off to University.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed College life and I’ve found it a much more rewarding way of learning. I wanted to study in a more diverse community and I have thrived on the extra independence and academic freedom, where the onus is on you to put the work in yourself rather than being spoon-fed by staff.

“My grades, particularly in History, are better than I could have ever expected and I’m absolutely delighted.”

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